Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has assured residents swift and thorough action will always be taken to investigate allegations of police misconduct, following a major investigation.
Michael Lane’s made the comments after the findings of enquiries into incidents at the county’s Serious Organised Crime Unit in Basingstoke were made public.
Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed the following details:
- Eight officers and one member of police staff have a case to answer for gross misconduct and will be required to attend a misconduct hearing
- Five police officers and two members of police staff had a case to answer for misconduct and received management action
- Three police officers and one member of police staff had no case to answer for misconduct (one received no further action and three received management action)
- One police officer has resigned with a case to answer for misconduct (would have received management action)
You can read Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane full statement in reaction to the news below:
“On being made aware of the situation within the Serious Organised Crime Unit at Basingstoke I challenged the Chief Constable to shine light into every dark corner of the organisation to ensure the highest standards are being met.
“It is important that this complex and thorough investigation has now been concluded and those that have been found to have a case to answer will be required to do so at a formal hearing.
“Our Constabulary is here to protect our communities.
“Policing is given powers to enable that, but with these powers comes a responsibility for the organisation and every individual within it to hold themselves to the highest standards of probity and ethical behaviours.
“Unacceptable behaviour must of course be challenged, appropriately investigated, and learning must be immediate and across the organisation.
“I reassure our communities that I see every week examples of the highest standards being delivered by our police, police staff, Special Constables and volunteers.
“However, this will never be a reason to accept anything less from the minority who may have forgotten or become separated from their responsibilities.”